American Jew among at least 21 murdered by Muslim terrorists in Kenya hotel attack
An American Jewish businessman was one of at least 21 people murdered Tuesday when Muslim terrorists from the al-Qaeda linked terror group al-Shabaab attacked an upscale hotel in Kenya’s capital city, a State Department official said.
The American victim, Jason Spindler, was the head of a consulting firm with offices located in the hotel complex that was attacked.
Spindler was attending a work meeting when he was fatally shot by the terrorists. His family was notified of his death and are making their way to Kenya. Spindler graduated the law school of New York University and had previously volunteered for the Peace Corps.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he was an analyst for Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in New York City during the 9/11 terror attack. The company was based in 7 World Trade Center, which collapsed.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that my brother, Jason Spindler, passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi,” his brother Jonathan wrote on Facebook. “Jason was a survivor of 9/11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell.”
The terror attack began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up and armed Muslim terrorists detonating car bombs, throwing grenades and opening fire on civilians.
The attack on the Dusit hotel complex – which also houses offices and banks – sent people fleeing for their lives. More than three hours after the attack began, small groups of workers were still being taken out by officers escorting them to armored vehicles.
A Kenyan police officer who was among the first on the scene said ‘there was no time to count the dead’ but that there were many bodies.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. “We are currently conducting an operation in Nairobi,” the terror group’s spokesman told several media outlets.
“Our fighters killed 47 enemies inside the complex. The mujahideen are still in control of most parts of the building complex,” the spokesman-terrorist told Al Jazeera.
The terror group said on Wednesday that they had launched the attack because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
The country faced a spate of terror attacks after it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the Al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab terror group.
On April 2, 2015, another Shabaab attack killed 148 people at the university in Garissa, eastern Kenya.